Raymond School District Superintendent Steve Holland served as moderator for the 2-hour forum and kept the candidates in line with time and specific questions.
A quick introduction of each candidate was allowed after the public was welcomed to the event and the rules were laid out.
The questions were given in no specific order, and each candidate foe their respective office was allowed a 60-second response with an additional 30-second rebuttal.
With the majority of the question aimed at the Pacific County Prosecutor's race, incumbent David Burke and challenger Mark McClain responded to a variety of questions ranging from their actual experience to the act of suing other county offices.
In the PUD Race, Commissioner Mike Swanson and challenger Joe Basil answered questions about their qualifications and the on-again, off-again Tokeland project.
Campaigning for County Commissioner, current Commissioner Lisa Ayers was in defense mode at times when confronted by Michael Hess, about misappropriation of funds and a look at the future of Pacific County.
With several responses going to the ring of the bell, candidates tried their best to make a focused and reasonable response to the questions posed.
The direct question for the County Commissioner race dealt with expectations for the next four years from the position.
Commissioner Ayers spoke of economic development and financial stability for the county. Working with county employees to help generate ideas on both parts.
"We need to expand our base as the marijuana industry comes into the county," Ayers said. "Make it easier for other business' to come to the area."
Hess responded in kind with Commissioner Ayers with involving county employees, yet also poked his finger at the commissioner for the misappropriation of funds.
The rebuttal from Commissioner Ayers clarified that the items of dollars reallocated came from a department that was short on funds for required equipment and that the current commissioners were not involved in that past issue.
Hess pointed out the fact that it was a team of people that were involved not just a specific person, but under the direction of the commissioners.
During questions directed at the PUD candidates, old as well as current issues came up from the investigation of what had been called the "Man-Lift" issue to the current expansion to provide power into Tokeland.
Commissioner Swanson noted that the investigation during the Man-Lift issue was possibly handled incorrectly and noted that actions would be taken more directly if a situation like that ever happened again.
Basil had no response to that question, but was very supportive of the continued progress toward Tokeland.
"We are already seven miles toward Tokeland. It would be irresponsible to not complete the project," said Basil.
"I voted no on the expansion package to Tokeland, it was what I heard from the people and their wishes," said Swanson.
As Basil represented himself as a manager of the people, Swanson spoke of being an advocate for the people on the other questions raised to the position of PUD Commissioner.
When the question of representation came up to the two PUD candidates: Do you think it's possible to represent the people as they have been represented in the past?
Basil spoke of being able to be fair and equal in his representation, "I am a representative type person," said Basil.
Swanson's response on the same question was a little more direct, "Yes."
The majority of the night concentrated on the Pacific County Prosecutor race with more questions generated toward the legal representation of the office.
Prosecutor Burke and McClain both responded well to the questions with Burke saying he could do more with additional resources, and McClain speaking to creating efficiencies in the office.
They both agreed that suing other county offices should not be the way to balance a budget, that additional resources were needed in the drug issues that the county faces and that political affiliation should not control the office of prosecutor.
The most glaring difference in the two candidates was money versus efficiencies.
Burke seemed to always preface his responses with, "If I had more resources, I could do more," as McClain was looking to find efficiencies in the system to stretch the dollar and effectiveness of the office.
Ballots are arriving to residents mailboxes and are waiting for your decisions. Election day is Tuesday, November 4.